February 14, 2005

Culinary Team takes second

2004 Columbus State Hot Food Team, from left to right are: Megan Block, Natalie Geisler, Daniel Hutchinson, Mitchell Barr and Patrick Hibbler .

The Columbus State Hot Food Team, five chef apprentice students coached by Columbus State graduate Brian Hinshaw, CWC, executive chef at M restaurant, won second place in the annual Ohio State Junior Hot Food Competition, held February 4-5 in Akron.

In the Hot Foods Competition, the apprentices prepare a full menu of soup, salad, entree and dessert, timed to exacting standards and presented to perfection. Each member of the team has specific tasks to perform. The 2005 team's mission statement, published in their official menu, read: "It is our goal to approach food with simple ideas focusing on cooking fundamentals respecting the classics using fresh Ohio ingredients with seasonal influences, and keep the professional image of the chef."  

Ohio Board of Regents submits 2004 Performance Report to Governor

Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Rod Chu recently submitted the fifth annual Performance Report for Ohio's Colleges and Universities to Governor Bob Taft. The report is produced and published each year to help state and campus policy makers better understand and address higher education issues.

The report uses a rich variety of data and data sources to describe higher education in Ohio from students' academic preparation to learning environments, student progress, degree achievement, and licensure and employment outcomes.

In addition, the report provides a wealth of information about research and job-training activities as well as basic financial information about costs, state support, and financial aid provided to students.

This year's Performance Report includes new outcomes measures related to college-level courses taken by high school students, transfer outcomes, and need-based and merit-based financial aid awards. These additions are a response to the recommendations of the Governor's Commission on Higher Education and the Economy.

The report is published in two documents: a 70-page summary of statewide and sector-level information and a longer supporting document containing outcomes measures for individual higher education institutions. It answers such questions as:

• How does Ohio compare to the United States in higher educational attainment, per capita income, and research expenditures per capita?

• Do Ohio's higher education institutions provide growing educational opportunities to Ohioans?

• And what are the outcomes related to production of graduates, quality of graduates, and the retention and work outcomes for graduates within Ohio?

A summary of the results was presented February 9 to Leadership Coffee attendees by Deborah Coleman, Vice President, Knowledge Resources & Planning, and the reports in their entirety can be read online at http://www.regents.state.oh.us/perfrpt .

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter to be featured speaker at February 21 program

The life of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has taken many twists, from obscurity to acclaim and back again. Carter's boxing career began in 1961, and his furious fighting style made him a crowd favorite. A sportswriter nicknamed him "The Hurricane" and it stuck. Five years later, while preparing for a world championship fight, Carter was arrested for a triple murder. Although maintaining his innocence, he was convicted and sentenced to three life terms, narrowly escaping the electric chair.

Carter will speak to a Columbus State audience on Monday, February 21 at 11 a.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium at the Black History Month Celebration program entitled "Voices Raised for Freedom." The presentation is free and open to the public.

In 1974, upon the publication of his autobiography and the recantations of the state's two key witnesses, Carter's case attracted national attention. He became a civil rights cause célèbre and was the subject of a Bob Dylan song "Hurricane."   A new trial ensued, but the results were no different than the first trial.   Finally, after a third trial in 1988, the 22-year-old indictment was dismissed.

After his release from prison, Carter spoke with former President Clinton on issues related to the death penalty, addressed the General Assembly at the United Nations, and spoke alongside Nelson Mandela. Carter recently resigned from his position as executive director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted, an organizations that he founded.  

The Black History Month Celebration is sponsored by the offices of Institutional Advancement and Multicultural Affairs.